My name is Dr Paola Sabatini and I am a Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist specialized in transcultural psychology, supporting asylum seekers in reception centres and privately working with the expat community in Italy. At present I am also working with families of people with disability though group support and activities. My experience as a psychologist also includes working with small groups on issues such as stress management and increasing wellbeing.
As a psychotherapist I work mainly with adults of different nationalities and on a variety of psychological problems such as anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, depression, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder and complicated grief. I also work with couples facing crisis, identifying communication problems and new ways to interact with each other in order to encourage the type of change which brings wellbeing to the couple and to each individual part of it.
Starting therapy may be a difficult step to take. For this reason it is important to offer a space in which the person can feel safe, accepted, understood and supported.
Every human being is unique. This uniqueness is the expression of the way we build our own reality and it is also the specific way we constructs our suffering. Therapy consists of a shared effort towards identifying such uniqueness in terms of both personal coping strategies and vulnerability aspects. This effort also includes identifying a more flexible way to react to events and situations.
The relationship between emotions, thoughts and behaviour is complex. Most of our problems are influenced by how we feel and behave and by the way we think. Exploring these three aspects, among others, can help us understand the way we “function” thus reducing the impact that adverse situations and events have on us and that cause us suffering.
Helping people activate their personal resources, allowing them to manage their problems and improving their wellbeing is very rewarding for me. My personal background, the result of two cultures, has encouraged the development of my interest and understanding of other cultures, offering me the opportunity to widen my personal and professional knowledge and experience and, at the same time, it has allowed me to understand and support people from different cultural backgrounds and the challenges they face.